Hyundai has decided to show off a rendering of the i-Flow concept car that it will show off early next month at the Geneva Motor Show. To our eyes, the i-Flow looks to be a logical push forward with the Korean automaker's recent fluidic sculpture design philosophy, as seen on the new 2011 Sonata and sister-company Kia's Ray concept, which is currently being shown off at the Chicago Auto Show.
Actual details on the i-Flow are still pretty hard to come by, but Hyundai says this concept will preview its new D-segment car that will go up against the likes of the Ford Mondeo in Europe. As such, we certainly wouldn't be surprised to see some sort of diesel powertrain, or possibly even a hybrid system assisted by the i-Flow's BASF-supplied solar cells.
We'll have live photos of the new Hyundai i-Flow concept come March 2nd, but in the meantime, click on the image above to see it in high resolution and click past the break to read the official press release.
HYUNDAI'S EVOLUTION CONTINUES WITH THE i-flow
- Stunning new concept car for Geneva debut
- Hints at future D-segment saloon
Styled at the company's European design headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, i-flow is expected to attract much attention, thanks to its striking appearance – the latest product of the company's evocative new form language, 'fluidic sculpture'. The name i-flow reflects the exceptionally aerodynamic shape and the flowing lines of the concept car's eye-catching styling, and retains the 'i' prefix of Hyundai's established nomenclature.
The i-flow incorporates numerous new technologies from chemical company BASF, ranging from innovative lightweight materials to solar cells, to assist in reducing weight and improving energy efficiency.
More news of Hyundai's star cars will be published in advance of the show and will be available on the stand. The company's press conference will take place in Hall 1 at 14:15 (CET) on Tuesday 2nd March.